Andhra Pradesh has sought postponement of February 15 deadline fixed for Aadhaar-linked delivery/sale of LPG refill cylinders for the existing consumers by the Union government as a pilot project in Hyderabad city and Ranga Reddy districts.

Civil Supplies Minister D. Sridhar Babu on Friday addressed a letter to Union Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily, expressing the State government’s inability to go ahead with the implementation of the plan as Aadhaar cards could not be issued to all people in these two places due to various problems.

The request by the State for postponement followed an announcement made by oil companies to the effect that the LPG refills would be delivered by them to households only on payment of the full cost of Rs.1,030 per refill from February 15, without allowing any subsidy. The subsidy due from the Union government on each refill would be remitted directly into the bank account of the Aadhaar cardholder concerned as envisaged under the plan.

‘No payment’

Meanwhile, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has cautioned the people against any offer for end-to-end enrolment process by payment of fee to any person or entity for getting issuance of Aadhaar cards.

Deputy Director General of UIDAI M.V.S. Rami Reddy said here on Friday that the people need not panic, but wait for their turn for the process of enrolment.

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